Jordan presses US to refocus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict before November election

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Judeh said the Arabs who are gaining power as a result of democratic elections across the Arab world will “calibrate their relations with Israel on the basis of justice being done to the Palestinians.”

“This has got to happen soon,” he said. “Stagnation and stalemate on the front of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking will give the upper hand to the radicals in the new emerging order in the Arab world.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he added, has unprecedented power to press forward following his surprise formation last month of a unity government with the opposition Kadima Party.

Netanyahu, Judeh said, is now the “most powerful prime minister in the history of Israel.” 

“He is able and he is enabled to do things,” Judeh said. “He has the mandate.”